Call for new trustees

The Old Print Works is a diverse and welcoming community that believes in the transformative power of making and creativity.  Through mutual skill sharing we hope to build a resilient, sustainable and cooperative future.

Make It Sustainable Ltd (MIS) manages The Old Print Works (OPW), founded to enhance making skills and creativity, and in so doing reinforce wellbeing, community, low-carbon, education, employment, arts and heritage.  Our primary purpose is to promote making and design skills particularly amongst the young, through providing versatile spaces in which to work, make, connect and learn.  A better understanding of making and repairing skills and the power of creativity will help both the environment and our economic and social wellbeing.

Make It Sustainable is a charity and a company limited by guarantee and has vacancies on its Board of Trustee Directors. The charity has made significant progress since 2016 when it almost closed. This is an exciting time as the charity seeks to move forward from its current stable but relatively tight financial position to a more solid and sustainable one where we are investing in the building, people and the area of Balsall Heath, Birmingham, and beyond.

MIS is interested (though not exclusively) in hearing from those with expertise in community development, business, environmentally friendly design and re-use of old buildings, legal issues, HR, accountancy, design, marketing & communications. It would be advantageous if you already know about or have engaged in some way with The Old Print Works. We would welcome applications from women, people of an ethnic minority community and those who live locally, although all applicants will be considered on their merits.  If you think you could input creatively to our charity and add something to our board meetings, you would be welcome to book an appointment to chat to a board member by emailing us.

Your application should consist of your CV and a covering letter telling us how you could help us consolidate and improve our charity’s operations and achieve our objectives.  Please provide a referee, with phone number and email address, who could comment on your suitability as a trustee of our charity.

Time commitment: 5-6 meetings per year and some additional input between meetings. Those that can offer occasional extra time to support the charity would be welcome.  This is an unpaid position.

Applications due by Sunday 18th November 2018 to